Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher
Writing Courses Offered

Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.  

June Intensive 2021.  In our year of the plague we will meet on Zoom. Six evenings, 7–9 pm. Cost $400. Final portfolio is due a few weeks after the last class. Limited to 12. (The June Intensive is closed.)

 Theme: Environment, broadly interpreted (from woods to street to living room). Form: Triptych.

Required books:
The Writer’s Portable Mentor by Priscilla Long
Geography of Home by Akiko Busch

Priscilla will supply a Reader for Writers.

In this seminar we will compose two new pieces and revise a work-in-progress to completion. We will work on sentences and hone our skills in making metaphors.

Monday, June 7, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Skip June 21
Monday June 28, 2021
Skip July 5
Monday July 12, 2021
Monday July 19, 2021
Monday July 26, 2021

Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, June 21–27, 2021. Held on Zoom. This is a famous and wonderful conference! 
Wednesday June 23, 2021, 12 (noon)–1. I will be teaching a breakout session: Objects, Clothing, and Setting. 
In fiction, memoir, or any kind of nonfiction, these can be powerful tools for moving a story forward or for creating strong particular characters. In our works we can make them do a lot more work. A messy room can stand for the mess a family is in. A blue velvet pillow can stand for a grandmother’s love. A bottle of whiskey hidden under the bed… well you get the idea. We will look at models and approaches toward using objects, toward dressing our characters (real and fictional), and toward making settings that, rather than being random and casual, are significant to the story.
Friday June 25, 2021, 6:30–7:30. Faculty Reading.
Saturday June 26, 2021, Author panels, 10–11. TBA.
Sunday June 27, 2021, 1–3. I will be teaching a master class: Metaphor for Writers: What Are Metaphors Good For? How Do We Get Good at Making Metaphor?
This session discusses the advances by linguists (George Lakoff and others) in thinking of metaphor as what every human being on earth uses every day to conceptualize the world. (Example: “Life is a journey.) Then we will look at kinds of metaphors and how we can get better at them, and actually develop a practice of making our own original metaphors. Metaphors are not decoration but rather an aid to visualizing, to seeing, to understanding. And they can be beautiful.
Many other terrific writers, poets, agents, mentors.
Go here to register:
https://www.whatcom.edu/academics/community-continuing-education/chuckanut-writers-conference